Posted 13 November, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

Opens most important festival of visual art in the region

The 17 Icarus Festival edition premiered with the film UFOs in Zacapa, directed by Marcos Machado. Before a large audience that packed the Hall of Flags and the Patio de la Culture National Palace, Minister for Culture and Sports, Dwight Pezzarossi Declaro and Festival Inaugurated, a message that highlights the work of the organizers and the newly formed Film Unit which manages the Ministry. The presentation was held on Thursday 13 November.

The formal ceremony began with a welcome from the Deputy Minister of Culture, Clariza Castellanos. Later, President of the Organizing Committee of the Historic Center Festival, Ricardo Rodriguez, celebrated the opening of Icarus is framed in the Historic Center Festival. After his speech, did the same the Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Francisco Ardón, with a motivational message for visual artists.

It fell to Elias Jimenez speak on behalf of the organizers of the Icarus Festival and Casa Comal. His words focused on highlighting the work of artists and producers of audiovisual, which in turn results in better proposals and most prestigious international festival.

This year, Icarus Festival is the guest of honor at Mexico, why was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Mexico in Guatemala, Carlos Tirado Zavala. During his brief speech said that the history of Mexico and Guatemala have in common audiovisual story. Also, has succeeded in making a cultural exchange that strengthens ties between the two countries.

The Ambassador gave way to the minister's, Icarus who commented that this year, framed in the Historic Center Festival has filled smiles Center City Guatemala. Upon completion of his speech, were invited to witness the artistic act by the National Folkloric Ballet and Modern, with a number of Guatemalan prints.

The inauguration ended with the film UFOs in Zacapa. Icarus Festival's agenda can be seen on page www.mcd.gob.gt, www.festivalicaro.com and www.festivaldelcentrohistorico.com. It will culminate on Thursday 20 November.

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